Superintendent is not nice. Principal is his puppet. Staff only tells you what the Superintendent wants you to know. Rude, clicky parents and students. Such a shame that the BOE is letting the Superintendent stay till 2017. State is involved in this school all the time cause of wrong doings towards students.
I'm glad I did not pay too much attention to the school's negative ratings. This school is GREAT!! Everything about it is Great. The staff, the kids, the cleanliness, and organization. We moved from Miami to Totowa and the staff gave my daughter V.I.P treatment on her first day of school. The principal, school nurse, guidance counselor.....all introduce themselves to us and gave her a tour of the school. Since the first day, the teachers and office staff have been very helpful and respond to my emails quickly. My daughter has been in 4 different schools in FL and Washington Park Elem. has been the BEST one that she has attended. I wish I was a child again so I could I attend this school. : )
Worst experience ever with a school. Superintendent has a god complex. They do not follow state laws or guidelines for special education children. The PTA is no better. More parents need to know they can get outside help to deal with this school. In our case we had to go all the way to the state.
This is a great school. My kids advanced to above average thanks to the best teachers here.
The discipline here is very bad. They don't listen they just get students in trouble. And if your child is new here the other students aren't welcoming and will make fun of the newbie. I dislike my child going to this school, and she feels threatened by certain students and she's lived here and went to school here her whole life. The children in this school are bad influences and are very departed from others. This school and the children in it are in bad shape.
The parent who wrote about the school being clickie is right on the money. The parents don't accept newbies and neither do their children. I can't wait to get of this town either. If your child didn't start here in pre-k then you and your child are outsiders. It's really pretty sad.
We recently moved to the area and my child began attending WP school. My child has had a difficult two years, the children are not accepting of new kids, they made fun and picked on him daily. The school is extremely clickie and as an outsider who did not grow up in the area, myself and my child are treated like such. The PTO has a TON of fund raisers (seems excessive). After school PAL sports programs are ok, but again clickie and downright rude parents. One must wonder if the children learn from the parents, I cannot wait to move to get my son into a more healthy accepting environment.
This is a grades 3-8 middle school that has no lunchtime recess. The school owns a number of instruments that children who sign up on a first come-first served basis may use. The instrumental program is seeing improvement. There is an Art program for those who are artistically gifted. All of the afterschool extracurricular programs are for sports or the musical. There are no extracurricular academic activities or clubs. There is very little parental involvement. Only the select few PTO members are allowed in the school during the day for any special PTO sponsored events. There is a district 'policy' that does not allow the teachers to assign projects to be completed at home. All 'projects' have to be done in school with the teachers.
The academics are acceptable from what I have experienced. The kids don't get enough physical exercise. The school has started shop and home ec. at the all grade levels which is great. There is quite a few extracurricular activities for 5-8th grades but nothing for 3rd and 4th. They have drama, ski club, intramural sports, music so there is something for most kids. There is no level of parental involvement. There is a PTO and they are great and do alot, but other than that parents are not encouraged to participate at all. There is no chance to observe in the classroom or volunteer programs for parents to assist in. Test scores are down, definitely room for improvement.
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